Scott Rumana

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Scott T. Rumana is a Republican member of the New Jersey state Assembly. He serves on the following Committees: Education, Bipartisan Leadership Committee; Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities; Joint Committee on the Public Schools."[1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

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Rumana, in a May 1, 2009 press release, cited an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) anti-union and anti-tax report that Rumana supported. The report read, it "show[s] that New Jersey’s high personal and corporate income taxes, along with pro-union policies and a lack of 'tax or expenditure limits' point to a dismal economic future for the Garden State. The authors of the report said, 'We remind lawmakers that levying tax increases is not a sustainable answer for budget problems. Especially during an economic downturn, states need to be doing everything they can to become more competitive, not less.'”[2]

Support for ALEC Model Legislation

In 2010, Americans for Prosperity (a Koch Family Foundations front group) named 17 New Jersey legislators “Health Care Heroes” for their support of bringing a legal challenge against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This proposal mirrors the ALEC-written “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act.”[3]

References

  1. Assemblyman Scott T. Rumana (R). New Jersey Legislature. NJLeg.State.NJ.US. Accessed July 26, 2011.
  2. "Rumana, Citing Economic Think Tank Report, Says Corzine has NJ on a Collision Course with Disaster." New Jersey Assembly Republicans. NJAssemblyRepublians.com. Accessed July 25, 2011.
  3. "Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act." ALEC Exposed. ALECExposed.org. Accessed July 27, 2011.